Can anyone shed any light on the logistics behind certain British soaps getting repeat runs and others not? It's something that came into my mind after seeing Hollyoaks airing classic episodes as a result of reduced output. To my knowledge, Hollyoaks has only had repeat episodes aired once on the now defunct Trouble channel back in the late 90's or early 00's. Similarly Brookside was last repeated nearly 20 years ago. On the other hand, Coronation Street, Emmerdale and EastEnders are currently on their second or third repeat runs while other shows like Crossroads, Families, Eldorado and High Road have all had repeats in the past. I know rights issues and residuals for actors have been mentioned as potential blocks but presumably this would be as much an issue for Emmerdale as it would be for Brookside. The only one that I can think of that has an obvious block is Night and Day because it was so heavily soundtracked that the music rights would probably cost a fortune.